Volunteering can provide first-hand experience of working in a healthcare setting. This will help you to learn whether its the kind of thing you'd like to do in the future.
Make New Friends
Through volunteering you can make contacts in the organisation, which can help when you start to apply for jobs or courses.
You'll be working alongside other volunteers and staff of all different ages and walks of life. It can be a great experience to meet new people with different life experiences to yours.
Great for your CV
Volunteering can make a valuable addition to your CV or future job applications. Many university courses require some form of work experience and most employers will view this kind of activity favourably.
If you perform well in a volunteering role and show a long term commitment to the department you're supporting then your supervisor may well be willing to provide you with a reference for future applications for jobs or educational courses.
Feel Good Factor
One of the best things about volunteering is the feeling you get from helping patients, visitors and your local community. This is a major reason that a lot of people like working in healthcare and may be a deciding factor for you in whether you pursue a career in this area.